CANTON -- Head Men's Soccer Coach Tim Penrod has announced the appointment of three captains for the 2014 men's soccer season -- Senior Abdulai Jagana, junior Jordan Barriere, and junior Hunter Mowery.
"The process of selecting captains began last fall, at the conclusion of the 2013 season," Penrod said.
"We had seven upperclassmen step up as members of our leadership team, and we began a development program that gave this group of young men significant responsibilities within our program over the course of the rest of the school year. As we came into pre-season this fall, our staff began to very carefully analyze the behaviors and leadership qualities of all seven members of the team. After much discussion and input from the entire team, we could not be more pleased with the three young men who will lead us on and off the field this fall."
Jagana, a senior originally from the Gambia, is an experienced midfielder whose communication is vitally important to the team's intensity on the field. "Abulo (Jagana) has a tremendous amount of passion for the game, and in the last year has really grown in terms of his personality," Penrod noted.
"He has always been a good soccer player, but now he thinks a great deal more about how his actions and habits will affect him long-term. He's had his fair share of ups and downs in college, and he is quite eager to use those experiences as an educational tool for our younger players."
Barriere, a Chazy, NY native, is in the process of transitioning from outside back to central midfield for 2014.
"Jordan is an exceptional teammate who just oozes confidence," Penrod said. "He's not the most outspoken player on our roster, but he has a very calming influence on everyone. He makes the right decisions and never over-complicates the game. He's someone the guys know they can look to in the face of adversity and will find a rock-solid support."
Finally, Mowery, from Elizabethtown, NY, is in a familiar role in the midfield after a solid first season with the Roos in 2013. "Hunter is the workhorse of our midfield. He's always around the ball, and always working at 110 percent. Even in the latter stages of games, his intensity never drops off. He has grown a great deal in the last year, and is that player who isn't afraid to demand more of his teammates."
"I think our task was made incredibly difficult to select captains this year," Penrod stated. "The leadership team is a fantastic group of guys, and any one of them would have done well for us as captain. However, these three really complement each other and the values we are looking to instill in our program as we move forward. I have every bit of confidence they will serve their teammates well, and play a significant role in our successes this fall."